Photo provided by Kyara Bishop
Despite limited time to train, Kyara Bishop cleaned up at the junior high zones track meet championships in May and brought three gold medals back to Hinton.
Taking an easy lead in each race, the Grade 9 student from Harry Collinge High School beat out all her opponents in the senior girls 100m, 200m and 400m dashes at the track meet for junior high students in St. Albert on June 4.
Bishop stayed consistent in her medal count with improvements since last year when she took home the gold in the 100m, silver in the 800m, and bronze in the 400m dashes.
“Before I go to the race I warm up, get my legs not feeling tight and stuff like that. Before I’m actually going to run I just visualize beating everybody and being in front of everyone,” she stated.
She ran the 100m race in 12.80 seconds, not quite beating her record time of 12.79 seconds at last year’s zone championships.
Her other times were 27.39 seconds for the 200m race and 1.02.84 minutes for the 400m.
She claimed that her nerves weren’t an issue as last year prepared her for the competition she would be facing again this year.
“For the 100m I wasn’t scared or anything because I already knew the girls because I raced them last year. And then for the 200m I felt like it was going to be harder,” she said.
“I was really happy about all my races too because I was on the inside lane for everything. So I had the best lane to watch people run.”
Coach Lea Bamsey helped her get ready for zones but Bishop admitted she trained less this year than previously.
“She’s got the natural talent, this is Kyara without additional training, she’s just fast,” commented Bamsey.
Staying active throughout the year, Bishop also plays basketball, ringette, rugby, badminton, and soccer.
Next year she will be taking part in the senior high school zones meet and she looks forward to getting a chance to compete at provincials.
Bishop also ran the senior girls relay race together with Jaimee McLean, Alyssa Klaver, and Brielle Goupil but didn’t place for that event.
Gracey Kempin was among the junior girls relay team with Maya Callihoo, Jayla O’Regan, and Madison Vallier-Smith who placed fifth, but she felt like some improvements could be made.
“The girls [at zones] practice year round and have their own trainers and stuff and we practiced twice in gym class,” said Kempin who also took part in the 400m, 800m, 1500m, and triple jump.
Callihoo also went home with a silver medal after finishing 24 centimetres behind the junior girls triple jump gold medal winner.
She also took part in the junior 400m race, and the junior long jump.
Other notable students from Harry Collinge were Tyran Johnston, who placed sixth in junior boys discus, and James Ager, who placed sixth in intermediate boys discus.